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The Girl Who Cried Monster by R. L. Stine

The Girl Who Cried Monster

by R. L. Stine

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## She's got the monster of all problems!

Lucy Dark is really into monsters. She loves stories about monsters, thinking up her own monsters, scaring her younger brother with imaginary monsters around every corner -- that is, until she realizes Mr. Mortman, the librarian in charge of her Reading Rangers program, is a real live monster!

[N.B. This review includes images, and was formatted for my site, dendrobibliography -- located here.]

Everyone knows Lucy's obsessed with monsters, so no one believes her. (Of course, given the book's title referencing 'the boy who cried wolf' folktales.) The Girl Who Cried Monster is about Lucy's attempts to prove to her parents and her friends that Mr. Mortman is an inhuman, cruel creature with bugging eyes, an external, hanging (gross) mouth, with a taste for live baby turtles, flies, eels, snails, etc. We can only hope he doesn't eat young girls, too.

The Girl Who Cried Monster is a childhood favorite; an iconic, imaginative early entry in the series. It invokes an atmosphere perfect for overcast, miserable afternoons, especially with that great cover from Tim Jacobus to get the reader's curiosity rolling. I love the library setting, as well, and Mr. Mortman's humorous penchant for order in his library. (Before chasing after Lucy, he must first stop to pick up and organize spilled library cards.) I remember reading this in the Sequoya Elementary School library back in the '90s, and translating some of the plot to our library and kind librarians.

R.L. Stine's Goosebumps (1992–1997):
#7 Night of the Living Dummy | #9 Welcome to Camp Nightmare ( )
1 vote alaskayo | Oct 9, 2016 |
Goosebumps weren't as good to me as the fear street series, but this one was one of the more fun, enjoyable ones. Love the cover too!
  ErinPaperbackstash | Jun 14, 2016 |
She's telling the truth...but no one believes her
  lkmuir | Dec 1, 2015 |
"An Apple paperback." | RL4. | 008-012.
  Bookman1954 | Feb 17, 2015 |
"An Apple paperback." | RL4. | 008-012.
  Bookman1954 | Feb 17, 2015 |
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When Lucy observes the summer librarian eating flies and turning into a grotesque creature, she is certain that he is a real, live monster.

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Lucy has told so many monster tales that when whe discovers a real live monster, the librarian in charge of the summer reading program, no one believes a word she says.

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